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Poster: tommyatkins Date: Jan 30, 2003 3:08pm
Forum: bookmobile Subject: New bookmobile plans

A friend and I have plans to set up a bookmobile around Santa Barbara, CA. The idea is to set it up in two stages. First a not-so-mobile (but cheaper) bookmobile which is basically a laserprinter, a cutter, a binder, my existing laptop, my existing inkjet printer, my existing networking equipment, my existing server being carted around in my existing car. We would travel to places and set up the equipment for the day (or more). As described, we would only be able to travel to destinations with internet access. I noted that another post said the texts would fit on a hard drive. This would be an obvious solution, allowing us to take the book-not-so-mobile to more places. My question is this: How do I go about downloading these texts in an easy manner? I did check out ftp.archive.org/pub/etext but how will I be able to search for the texts easily if I download them with the existing filenames?

Thanks,
T. Atkins.

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Poster: Jacques Richer Date: Jan 31, 2003 6:08am
Forum: bookmobile Subject: Re: New bookmobile plans

While they are all available on the FTP server, downloads may take a while if you do not have a great deal of bandwidth. I recommend picking a Project Gutenberg mirror and using ncftp or wget to mass download the archive in pieces - one piece per night over n nights (depending on bandwidth availability...) If you are stuck for bandwidth, I am willing to give you a head start by tossing what I have unto a pair of CD-Rs. Drop me an email, and we can discuss mechanics.
As far as the filename to title mapping, the Internet Archive has a good DB for this, and while I have applied for access myself, this seems to be going nowhere. If I have any luck, I'll let you know.

Jacques Richer
bithead256@yahoo.com

This post was modified by Jacques Richer on 2003-01-31 14:08:32